Research Council activities relating to seas and oceans

Realising the value of seas and oceans through fisheries, aquaculture, maritime activities and petroleum recovery must be done in sustainable ways. The objective of research under this thematic area is to develop knowledge and solutions to maintain clean, rich seas for future generations and to build a strong basis for sustainable ocean management and ocean-based industries, now and for the future.

The Research Council's Marine Secretariat is responsible for coordinating and following up Norwegian efforts related to the UN's decades of marine research.

was allocated for this thematic area in 2018

1 800million NOK

The Project Databank provides statistics and information about the projects funded by the Research Council within this thematic area.

Key programmes for this thematic area

Activities under the Research Council’s programmes extend across multiple thematic areas. The programmes listed here are the largest contributors of funding for this thematic area.

Supports upstream oil and gas activities and has five thematic priority areas: 

  • greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency and the environment 
  • exploration and increased recovery 
  • drilling, completions and intervention
  • production, processing and transport
  • major accidents and the work environment  
  • societal perspectives, governance and markets 
  • fish health and welfare 
  • production biology, nutrition, selective breeding and genetics 
  • production technology and processing technology 
  • targeted initiatives: low trophic-level species, sustainable feed ingredients and safe and healthy seafood 
  • green shipping 
  • ability to manage demanding maritime operations 
  • offshore, aquaculture, fisheries, oil spill preparedness 
  • central to the Research Council’s ocean technology initiative 

Infrastructure that facilitates high-quality research. 

  • electronic infrastructure (e-infrastructure) 
  • scientific databases  
  • scientific collections 
  • scientific equipment 
  • large-scale research facilities, laboratories 
  • marine ecosystems 
  • pollution and other effects on ecosystems 
  • sustainable harvesting and value creation  
  • management and societal perspectives 

Promotes innovation by providing funding for long-term research conducted in close cooperation between research-performing companies and prominent research groups. 

The SFI centres are to develop expertise of high international calibre in fields of importance for innovation and value creation. 

Supports upstream oil and gas activities and has four thematic priority areas: 

  • greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency and the environment 
  • exploration and increased recovery 
  • drilling, completions and intervention 
  • production, processing and transport 
  • development of the agricultural, marine, industrial and health sectors
  • biotechnology and society
  • international cooperation
  • industrial development
  • expertise and infrastructure
  • The SFF scheme gives Norway’s foremost scientific circles the opportunity to organise their activities in centres that seek to achieve ambitious scientific objectives.
  • The research conducted at the centres must be innovative and have major potential to generate ground-breaking results that advance the international research frontier.